Charlie Hunter

The Bowery


Haru no nage

Glassware

Yunomi tea cup

GARNISH

Toasted rice ice cream and sakura flowers

INGREDIENTS

50ml HAKU Vodka

10ml White Peach Shrub

60ml Genmaicha tea soda

METHOD

Combine 50mls haku vodka, and 10mls white peach shrub in yunomi cup, fill with ice and top with genmaicha soda. Place 1 scoop of ice cream on top and garnish with sakura flowers.

THE STORY BEHIND THE COCKTAIL NAME

This cocktail aims to encapsulate a spring I spent in japan in 2017. Hanami in Japan is the traditional custom of viewing flowers, specifically cherry blossom flowers or "sakura". This occurs in the spring time and the beautiful practice is many centuries old. But what’s lesser known in the Japanese culture around the same time is the "meiji period" which celebrates the bringing of peaches from China to Okayama. With hard work and dedication Okayama became Japans largest peach producers. They tell the tale of "Momotarou" or "peach boy" who was born from a giant peach, which was found floating down a river by an old, childless woman who was washing clothes there. The woman and her husband discovered the child when they tried to open the peach to eat it. The child explained that he had been bestowed by the Gods to be their son. The couple named him Momotar, from momo (peach) and tar? (eldest son in the family). And finally, soft serve. For anyone who's gone to Japan you've surely seen the strange and sometimes repulsive flavours they mix into this as what you assume is a gimmick but turns out to be an exceptional cultural experience. My cocktail attempts to combine these flavours in a way that compliments the Haku Vodka of Suntory, and toast to the spring fling I had with Japan in 2017, when all of these flavours found their way to me for the first time, and I revelled in the overwhelming experience of Japan, in spring.

QLD

Arts and Crafts Session

The Bowery

For World Bartender Day, “Haru No Nage” will be listed on the menu at Suzie Wong’s, the new venue opening up in place of the Bowery, from 10th to 24th February. On the 23rd or 24th of February (exact date TBC), a 10 pax arts and craft session will be hosted in the outside section of Suzie Wong’s. This will be From 12 -2 and will involve the creation of bonseki, a small Japanese garden made with artificial moss and trees. Guests will be served the ‘Haru No Nage’ cocktail, as well as a HAKU Vodka highball.